Have you ever heard or said the phrase, "it's easy, it's just like riding a bike?" I think it's people that haven't ridden a bike in awhile that say things like that. There is nothing easy about riding a bike. Sure, it was easy when you were like 10 and weighed maybe 70 pounds and were completely clueless about physics and the amount of pain that can be caused by you flying down a hill on a bike, hitting a rock, and then being introduced to the ground. I think that everyone who uses that phrase should immediately have to get on a bike and try riding it, and not just down the side walk. It is quite difficult to keep your no longer 70 pound frame upright and following a straight line, especially when you are terrified about falling and killing yourself. I recently had all of these thoughts rush through my mind as I broke out my mountain bike this spring. We finally went and bought Jeremy a bike so that we could go riding together. I only went out once last year because we were dating and he didn't have a bike which meant I didn't have the time. I was a little nervous to see if Jer could actually ride a bike, but then I remembered he is a boy and boys are some how always good at things like this. We took the bikes out to Draper to ride a portion of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail above the Draper Temple. We had a great time! At first, I thought I was going to die because I wasn't that good at controlling my bike, and I was really tired and out of shape. But after we kept plugging through the ride got better and my body adjusted. Here are some pictures from our first ride of the season.
After our successful first trip we decided to head up Parley's Canyons and ride the Alexander Creek Trail. This is one of my favorite trails but I have never completed it because it gets really steep. We didn't finish it this time either because it was getting dark and we were tired but we had a great time. For some reason every time I am on this trail I think I am going to be attacked by a moose, cougar or beaver. This is not a popular trail so you rarely see anyone else and I am convinced that there are wild animals watching me through the trees. Luckily, we didn't run into any of them on this trip!